Bloom Thyme Friday: A Plan Comes Together

Last fall lightning struck our 60 ft maple tree and the shade garden beneath it became history. Our garden faces west and all the shade loving plants just couldn’t take the heat.

When the crying stopped, I started making plans for a garden reno (For the “plannin’ and dreamin’ stage, click here.) My target date for completion was May 15. Well, today is May 20 and … it is finished. The rainy spring slowed us down a bit but only a bit. We kept moving!

Things got started in early March first with demolition…

Reconstruction started in full swing on March 26 when we moved the 8,000 lbs of  rock for the new flagstone patio. If you missed it, read about it here.

10 weeks later and …

  • 3 Winter Red Winterberry Hollies
  • 3 Bloomerang Lilacs
  • 2 Roseraie De L’Hay Roses
  • 12 Double Red Knockout Roses
  • 3 Fineline Buckthorns
  • 2 Sargent Crab Apples
  • 4 Shining Sensation Weigelas
  • 2 Wichita Blue Junipers
  • 2 Totally perfect urns to mark the entrance into the new garden area (Thanks to Brad at Country Harmony for finding just the perfect urns and filling them with such beautiful things that compliment the entire garden to surprise me!)
  • Various perennials and annuals
  • AND, Several existing garden plants that can survive the heat!

Our project is complete.

As I write this I feel like I am living in a dream. Everything is so beautiful. Yes, this is a dream come true.

My new patio is the perfect place for a glass of lemonade and I make an excellent lemonade. If you’d like the recipe, click here. Maybe you’ll want to come have lemonade with us!

As you know gardens are always changing and evolving,  but, as for today, this is my spring garden…